Classroom Management

The Buzz On Cicadas: Cross-Curricular Activities

By Phil Nast April 22, 2013 10:13 am

In his memoir Naturalist, E.O. Wilson describes how he decided to become an ant expert. He was originally drawn to flies, a particular family of long-legged green and blue flies that appeared, he thought, “like animated gemstones,” but the …

Education policy

A Chardon High School Teacher’s Reflections on School Safety, One Year Later

By Tammy Segulin February 27, 2013 9:39 am

We always say, “We never thought it would happen here.” Columbine. Virginia Tech. Sandy Hook. When this kind of violence came to my community, and my school, we all said the same thing. How could anyone ever think something like …


Education technology

Should Students Be Allowed Access to iPads and Computers During Standardized Tests?

By Daniel Cox April 19, 2013 10:49 am

As teachers in the 21st century, we are expected by our schools, districts, states, and even country to utilize technology within the classroom.  We use the Internet, smart boards, video projectors, computers, iPads, iPods, and a myriad of other forms …


Lily's Blackboard

What TIME Magazine Needs to Know about Tenure and Why it Matters

By Lily's Blackboard October 24, 2014 12:53 pm

The cover story for the November 3rd issue of Time, The War on Teacher Tenure, sensationalizes the attempts of a few tech millionaires to take on due process policies like tenure in court. Time’s cover purposefully gives the …


A Time magazine cover enrages teachers — again

Time magazine has done it again: It published a cover that has enraged teachers around the country, triggering protesting e-mails and tweets, a petition demanding an apology, and a call for a boycott.     The first time Time was hit…
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Answer Sheet

The Week in Review – The Most Popular Posts

…Good morning from Woodstock, Maine where after a week of rain we now have a perfect autumn day. Before I hit the trail with my dogs, I have this week's week in review to share . This week I spent
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Free Technology for Teachers

How to Enable and Set Limits on Your Google Forms

Earlier this week Google launched Add-ons for Google Forms…. One of my favorite Add-ons is FormLimiter. FormLimiter allows you to set a time for a form to automatically stop accepting responses. You can also use FormLimiter to set a
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Free Technology for Teachers

Turn Your Halloween Stories Into Halloween Cards on Storyboard That

Earlier this week on the FreeTech4Teachers Facebook page I shared a list of sites and apps that have a Halloween theme. This week Storyboard That released a Halloween resource too. On Storyboard That… you can now turn your storyboards into
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Free Technology for Teachers

A Handy Sheet of Google Search Modifiers

Back in August I shared an infographic featuring search strategies that every student can use. Yesterday, Vicki Davis posted a great companion to that infographic. Vicki shared this Google Search Modifiers Poster… (link opens a PDF). Many of the modifiers
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Free Technology for Teachers

BFTP: All administrators can learn

In response to my post "13 Point Library Checklist for School Principals*," an anonymous commenter left a rather sad observation:  If given the article, would my principal even understand what he'd read?   signed Disheartened Personally, I've found …
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